A trip down memory lane and some special moments for Latics.
- 10 classic images from Latics' meetings with Manchester United.
- From the opening of the JJB Stadium and our first ever League Cup final, to the Community Shield in 2013.
- Five snapshots from Latics' 1-0 victory at the DW Stadium in 2012.
With Manchester United visiting the DW Stadium this weekend, for the first time since 2013, we take a trip down memory lane to browse through 10 classic photos from our meetings with the Red Devils, from the opening of the JJB Stadium in 1999 to Latics' first ever Community Shield at Wembley Stadium in 2013.
DAVE WHELAN AND SIR ALEX FERGUSON OPEN THE JJB STADIUM
Latics officially opened the doors at the JJB Stadium on Wednesday 4 August 1999 after leaving their previous home at Springfield Park at the end of the 1998/99 season, and who better to help cut the ribbon than Sir Alex Ferguson and his treble winning Manchester United side, who just three months previous had captured the UEFA Champions League crown against Bayern Munich.
Goals from Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ultimately saw Latics defeated 2-0, but the match marked the start of a new era for the club.
ARJAN DE ZEEUW LEADS LATICS OUT IN THE LEAGUE CUP FINAL
A memorable moment for sure, as despite losing 4-0 at the Millennium Stadium on 26 February 2006, Latics created history by featuring in their first ever major domestic cup final.
Arjan De Zeeuw can be seen above leading out his Latics team mates in a proud moment for those who had followed the club through an impressive League Cup run, with victories over AFC Bournemouth, Watford, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, and who could ever forget, Arsenal.
PAUL SCHARNER CELEBRATES LATICS FIRST GOAL AGAINST MAN UTD
Austrian international defender Paul Scharner celebrates Latics' first ever goal against Manchester United with Jason Roberts and Lee McCulloch in March 2006. Gary Neville can be seen deflated in the foreground.
Latics were desperately unfortunate not to claim at least a point from the Premier League clash, and were undone by Cristiano Ronaldo and a cruel stoppage time own goal from French defender Pascal Chimbonda.
This image comes from the first ever competitive home meeting with the Red Devils.
LEIGHTON BAINES CELEBRATES HOME STUNNER
Another celebration from another goal that gave Latics the lead over Man Utd at home, as six minutes into the October 2006 clash Leighton Baines fired in from distance.
Second half goals from Nemanja Vidic, Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed a 3-1 victory for the visitors.
SHAUN MALONEY SCORES WINNING GOAL IN 2012
Shaun Maloney watches his winning strike head towards the top left hand corner of David De Gea's goal as Latics sealed their first ever victory over Man Utd in April 2012.
A short corner with Jean Beausejour and a clever drop of the shoulder on the edge of the area had Maloney in space, and the Scottish international let his right foot do the rest.
DAVID DE GEA WELL BEATEN AS LATICS WAIT PATIENTLY
From the moment the shot left Maloney's right foot it was heading into the top corner, but this snapshot captures Antolin Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell, Victor Moses and Franco Di Santo gazing on as the Scottish playmaker already knew the ball's fate.
MALONEY AND JAMES McCARTHY CELEBRATE
James McCarthy catches up with Maloney as he heads towards the East Stand to celebrate the historic moment.
LATICS CELEBRATE IN FRONT OF THE EAST STAND
A special moment for the players and supporters after Maloney's sweet strike formed one of seven victories from the last nine matches of the 2011/12 season, helping to secure Premier League safety.
ROBERTO MARTINEZ AND SIR ALEX FERGUSON
Leading Latics to a superb end of season run in 2011/12, Roberto Martinez also steered his side to capture the club's first ever victory over Man United.
LEGENDS MEET AT THE COMMUNITY SHIELD
Tommy Gore and Dennis Law were honourary guests at the 2013 Community Shield at Wembley Stadium after Latics had defied the odds against Manchester City in the FA Cup final, and Man Utd had collected their 20th top flight title.
Gore represented Latics 287 times between 1974-1980, forming part of the club's first ever Football League side, a team in which he claimed the club's first Player of the Year award in the League. His counterpart Law scored 171 goals in 309 games for United, winning the FA Cup, First Division, European Cup and Ballon d'or among other honours.